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YMMV: The Haunting Hour
aka: The Haunting Hour The Series
The movie:

The series:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Several YouTube comments on the video for "Stage Fright" suggest the witch might not have been a villain in the story at all... considering she admits to eating Hansel and Gretel's parents as opposed to the children themselves. You know, the people who willingly abandoned their children in the forest to starve/be eaten by wild animals.
    • Added to that, the story about the boy that the witch beheaded is likely just made-up since the twist is that the witch went mad from people telling stories about her eating children, she only eats adults.
    • A YouTube comment for the episode "Sick" suggested that the whole story was told inside the mind of a boy in the hospital with a terminal disease or maybe in a coma and that the mom, the government agents, and the TV morning-show hosts could be respective voices of doctors and his parents trying to speak to him (or are speaking within earshot of him) while he was still unconscious note . It would explain why this episode ended with a loud flat line and a white light, which can be reinterpreted as the doctors pulling the plug on the boy, but then again, the flat-line sound and the white light could be a special off-screen weapon used to wipe out human life, with the flat line being an appropriate sound effect for the boy's and his mom's respective impending deaths.
    • Whether or not Cassandra the photographer was really the evil one in "Headshot." Yes, it is heavily implied that she's the Devil and has been collecting the souls of young girls who want to be the face of Teen Teen magazine, but most of the blame can be put on Gracie and her pursuit to be famous. Cassandra even said that "Gracie has become what she's always been," meaning that Gracie, deep down, has always been shallow and willing to ditch her true friends in the name of fame.
    • The owner of the funhouse in "Funhouse". Sure, he psychologically tortures Chad with the model replica of the arguing family and urges him to vent his rage on his family, but it wasn't out of evil; it was for Chad to learn that he should face his inner demons, and when Chad was cured of his anger, the carnie doesn't steal Chad's soul or force him to live in the funhouse forever; he just disappears. In fact, the only things weird about him are that no one knows where he came from and that he somehow knows about Chad and Kelly's family dinner night.
    • Uncle Howee in his titular episode. Is he really a benevolent being, trying to protect Cynthia from the harshness of her brother or a jerkass Reality Warper who torments anyone who disrespects his show (the latter option probably would explain the existence of Loomis the rabbit, since Loomis is implied to have no puppeteer controlling him, and, to a lesser extent, Mr. Clock)? And speaking of Jared, is he always a bully to his sister or did he just act that way because he wanted to see a movie with his friends, but his mom had to work late at the hospital?
  • Base Breaker: "Poof de Fromage." Either it's a very stupid episode that's out of place with the darker, more mature episodes (and reminds people of the Narmy days of Goosebumps), or just a goofy, light-hearted Breather Episode to get people's minds off the depressing twist ending to "My Imaginary Friend" and get them ready for "The Golem" two-parter.
    • The season three episodes are either just as good as seasons one and two, or are a major step down from the previous two seasons.
  • Complete Monster: Lilly D is a doll with a soul, but a soul of evil. She gradually turns Lilly into a doll to take her place among the family, and before she set that plan into motion, she turns Lilly's mother against her to the point where she says to the doll "I wish you were my daughter" right in front of the real Lilly. She later returns seemingly redeemed due to the love of a new girl named Natalie, but later she turns out to be jealousy-prone and attempts to drown a baby bird being nursed to health, pushes Natalie's handicapped grandfather down the stairs, and attacks Natalie with a knife.
  • Crazy Awesome: Uncle Howee of his titular episode. A Reality Warper this side of Pinkie Pie who's out there to teach bullies a lesson with teleportation powers and a catchy song.
  • Ear Worm: Uncle Howee's theme song in the titular episode. Howee Doin'? Howee Doin'? It's the Uncle Howee Show!
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: A Creature Was Stirring wants us to believe that the family is happy at last: the parents are no longer going to divorce and they all "have each other", as they put it. Then you realize that they lost everything they had, except for the clothes they are wearing, they are homeless and they have nothing to eat. There's just no way that they'll survive the winter, unless they have neighbors or relatives they can stay with, but happy endings on a show like this are few and far between.
    • "Terrible Love": Maggie finally finds love after class nerd Stuart orders Cupid to fire his love arrow at her. Yes, never mind that the effects of the love arrows are permanent (since the "love potion" inside the arrows are common human hormones and Cupid told Maggie that one hit is enough), which is why Cupid can't, in good conscience, shoot two arrows at the same target, as a hyperdose leads to love-induced insanity (as seen with Brendon), meaning Maggie will be in love with a nerd whom she hardly knows forever (though it is payback for Maggie trying to make a hunk in her class fall for her, even though she doesn't know much about him). And, what if Stuart makes the mistake of asking Cupid for another hit?
  • Evil Is Sexy: Griselda in "The Most Evil Sorcerer."
    • Cassandra (the photographer for Teen Teen magazine implied to be the Devil) in "Headshot."
    • The witch in Stage Fright who told the audience that she didn't eat the kids in Hansel and Gretel isn't all that bad looking either.
    • The evil fairy (Lyria) in "Intruders"
  • Growing the Beard: Sure, it already started off good (kind of like Goosebumps for a new generation), but the "Scary Mary" two-parter at the end of season one is when the show got interesting. Even before then, episodes like "Catching Cold" and "Fear Never Knocks" showed how scary and interesting it could get.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Most fans who thought the show went downhill in season three only wanted to watch season four because of either the highly-anticipated sequel to "The Dead Body" or because the episode "Uncle Howee" had Tom Kenny as the title character.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jake crosses it by leaving Will to die and appears to rub it in his face by dancing with Will's crush. Fortunately, the Sequel Episode rectified it for anyone who thought Jake was a Karma Houdini.
    • Admit it, you hated Lilly Carbo's mother when she told her real-life daughter to her face that she loved Lilly D. more than her. She does realize the error of her ways when she nearly throws the Lilly D. doll in the trash and discovers that the doll is her (as it has the same mole as Lilly).
      • Lilly D crossed it herself by constantly framing Lilly, and manipulating Lilly's mom into liking her more than her flesh-and-blood daughter.
    • The entire episode of A Brush With Madness was one for Allan Miller, but only if you believe that Corey is trapped in Allan Miller's graphic novel, and not the theory that Corey isn't real and Allan Miller made him and the story up to vent his frustrations over going to comic book conventions and dealing with fanboys who don't understand the true intentions of his work.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The horrifying Christmas demon (known as a Krampus) that spits acid and is smart enough to blow up a house, just to teach a strained family a lesson on togetherness during the holiday season, is picked up by Santa Claus riding in a red SUV-limousine as hip hop Christmas music plays in the background. It's a lot funnier than it sounds.
    • The Photoshop effects of the demon in the photographs in "Red Eye", particularly the one that looks as if the Alp and Grace's father are best friends enjoying a day out.
    • The reveal in "Poof de Fromage" that the aliens that Jean-Louis is trying to destroy are just common Cheetos-style cheese curl snacks.
  • Paranoia Fuel: "The Walls," "Red Eye," "Sick," and "The Perfect Brother."
  • Seasonal Rot: As noted in Base Breaker above, season three (the first half) is seen as the point where the show reached its peak and went downhill. The second half of season three (shown as season four in North America) is somewhat better (because of episodes like Dead Bodies, Coat Rack Cowboy, Detention, Long Live Rock and Roll, Toy Train, and Uncle Howee), and season five seems to be a return to the basics (or maybe another misstep, but the promo preview does show that The Haunting Hour is improving).
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Despite the horrors and scares, some of the episodes do have some good lessons attached:
    • "Headshot", "Long Live Rock and Roll," and "Game Over": Your friends matter more than fame, fortune, and prestige and trying to sacrifice friends for any one of these will end terribly for you.
    • "Detention": No matter where you fit in in high school (if you fit in at all), you're still human, capable of doing right or wrong. Also: your actions have consequences.
    • "Intruders" and "Bad Feng Shui": Your family loves you, even if it feels like they're too busy to notice or care or may be harsh on you.
    • "The Funhouse": Venting your feelings is better than keeping them bottled up and always face your problems, even if it feels like you can't express them.
    • "Uncle Howee": Television should not be used as a babysitter, and be nice to your siblings.
    • "Terrible Love": Love isn't love if it's not reciprocated, you can't force anyone to love you, and you have to love and trust yourself before you can love others.
    • "The Girl in the Painting" and "The Perfect Brother": Sometimes perfection comes at a hefty price.
    • "Brush With Madness": "Dark" and "gritty" art (especially comics) should be praised for how it speaks to the dark side of human nature, not because the Villain Protagonist is "cool".
    • "Wrong Number": Don't bully others, not all bullies are teenagers, and be sincere when you apologize to others.
    • "The Dead Body" and "Dead Bodies": Just because your life sucks doesn't mean you should give it up, as there's someone out there who does care about you and needs you when he or she needs help.
  • What an Idiot: The protagonist in Wrong Number. If you're being haunted by an old Russian lady who is haunting you and your mean girl friend because you crank-called her before she died, maybe it's best to actually be sincere in your apology. Otherwise, you'll end up trapped in your cell phone on a video file and deleted by the Goth girl — who turns out to be the dead Russian woman's grand-daughter — whom you picked on as well.
    • Scott from "Pumpkinhead". When you're threatened by a psychopathic farmer who doesn't want you near his creepy farm, you should probably do what he says. But Scott still wanted to go back even after finding a TOOTH in one of the pumpkins he stole from the pumpkin patch.
    • Maggie on "Terrible Love" when it's revealed that Stuart has hired Cupid to make Maggie fall for him. She should have run the moment she saw Cupid draw his bow, then again, she wouldn't have learned her lesson if she didn't get a taste of her own medicine.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This show is Goosebumps channeling Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Tales from the Crypt. Considering how censor-happy people can be these days when it comes to what they think children want, it's a miracle it hasn't been canceled or toned down.

alternative title(s): The Haunting Hour Dont Think About It; The Haunting Hour The Series
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